28 Apr 2020
Whether you are planning on having one or more children, these handy hand me down tips can help parents to save money, make money back and as Bob the Builder would say “reduce, reuse and recycle” waste. From the moment your infant is born they begin to grow (as they should) and sadly this also means that they outgrow their clothing very quickly, leaving huge amounts of clothes which can be reused and worn again by other children in the future, here are some top tips from Mums Baby Magazine to find the best escorts in Berlin.
- Buy some clothing storage bags, label each bag with a clothing size (for example 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and so on…). Once your child has outgrown a specific size of clothing, wash the items and put them away into the correct storage bags.
- When arranging a clothing bag for storage, try to keep gender specific items (blue or pinks for example) to one end of the bag and more neutral colours to the other end. This makes it easier when selecting items for reuse or sale in the future.
- Create a specific area in your attic / storage room and put the bags into order of size so that you can quickly select a bag should you wish to reuse it.
- If your wishing to pickup or sell clothing bundles quickly without postage costs try joining Facebook sale groups, Freecycle and Gumtree groups based in your area.
- Create an Ebay selling membership if you wish to sell bundles of clothes online with ease.
- Shoes can also be reused, simply wash them/ scrub them until they are clean and store for reuse or sale.
- For parents wishing to have more than one child, school pumps/ plimsolls can be worn by either gender, they should be washed once they have been outgrown and placed into a bag which is labelled clearly.
- To save even more money, try using reusable, cloth nappies which can be washed and stored for future use.
It’s amazing just how much money can be saved by ‘passing on’ and reusing clothing and shoes! Children are barely in clothing before they are out of them due to growth, be smart, be organised and store, sell and save!
18 Apr 2020
Suitable from 6 months onwards, the Escort Vienna is a fantastic, fun and enjoyable way in which babies can learn to develop and fine tune their hand to eye coordination and motor skills. The Escort Vienna is a soft, flexible cylinder which features a mirror, tags (similar to a taggy toy) and rattle rings which your baby can play with. At the base of the cylinder is a plastic window which allows babies to view inside the cylinder, this enables them to either view what is inside the cylinder or alternatively use the cylinder as a ‘peepo tube toy’. The cylinder can also be used to roll along the floor to encourage rolling, crawling and movement.
Within the cylinder are five small sensory toys which can easily be grasped from the flexible ‘x opening’ at the top of the cylinder. The five sensory toys feature lots of bright colours, differing textures and sounds, offering infants hours of fun! Infants tend to enjoy this toy as they can practice retrieving and grasping the toys from within the cylinder and then post them back through the flexible opening.
We put the Escort Vienna to the test with a curious six month old, this has become one of her firm favourites! Each sensory toy is small enough for her to hold without dropping yet large enough not to be a danger. Our little tester greatly enjoys gumming each sensory toy and then rustling and crinkling the toys to make sounds which result in much delight! The cylinder gets used daily and the toys have to be washed regularly as they are so well used, all parts of the cylinder are easily washable at forty degrees Celsius. It is however, not advised to tumble dry this product.
We believe that this is an absolute bargain for such a brilliant baby toy! We give the Discover Cylinder a top ten out of ten, it is the perfect sensory treasure trove for little hands to delve into!
07 Mar 2020
When in hot pursuit by the police, criminals have but two choices; getaway or get taken away. Rahul Basu shines the beacon on some stylish and immensely powerful Cop Cars that are speedy and ready to take down law breakers racing down city roads to escape the ‘clutches of the cuff’
The “E7″ prototype from Carbon Motors is out to shatter the idea that retrofitted
sedans that are designed for retail sales can provide the
protection and tools needed by 21st-century law enforcement
As auto enthusiasts first and resident civilians thereafter, I wouldn’t have to explain why a zebra coloured, loud beacon ringing machine on wheels fascinates me more than the noble, law enforcing human beings sitting inside them. And add to that the decades of glorification in the form of Hollywood movies, whose action sequences never fail to exhibit the relentless nature of police cars in their constant pursuit to catch criminals on the run.
Dominic Sena’s Grand Theft Auto flick Gone in Sixty Seconds starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie is one of my earliest recollections of an adrenaline pumping action movie, showcasing of one the most thrilling cop chase sequences ever seen. Action sequences in movies like The Fast and the Furious, Italian Job, The Bourne Series, James Bond flicks and countless others have left us spellbound and subconsciously we have grown fond of our favourite stars and superhero’s being chased around by cops driving underpowered cars, which along with some well scripted roadblocks on the way ensures our stars never see the rear seat of a police patrol car.
But movies are and have always been an escape from reality and in the world we live in, we should pray that the security agencies that are sworn to protect us have the right set of wheels to reach their prey. With the global reach of today’s automotive world, we look at the some of the finest specimens patrolling today’s ‘sinful streets’ in an attempt to hunt and take down those who dare to run away from the law.
Nissan Police Pathfinder
Since Hollywood sparked of the idea for this article, it’s only right I pay my first respects to the cop cars that will be serving and protecting Uncle Sam’s streets in the years to come. The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has been the most widely used police cruiser in the United States and Canada, and after close to two decades of service in the law enforcement business, the Crown Victoria is scheduled to be decommissioned in September this year, and its replacements are already queuing up.
The “Big Three” have all pounced at the opportunity to build the machine that will patrol their country’s streets and so far all the top contenders seem ‘built for the kill.’ First in line is Ford’s Taurus-based Police Interceptor, which was unveiled at a private fleet sales event in Las Vegas in March last year. Powered by a 3.5 litre V6 engine, the Taurus Police Interceptor is Ford Motors Sapphire on four wheels to the American Police.
Ford’s Taurus-based Police Interceptor
Further up North we have auto giant General Motors, whose Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of police departments across North America later this year. With a lineage dating back to late 1980’s, the Caprice has come a long way since replacing Chevrolet’s Impala model and in its 2011 edition, the Chevrolet Caprice is to put it simply, ready for active duty once more. Coming in both V6 and V8 options, the Caprice’s 6.0 litre engine is estimated to produce a mind numbing 355hp with an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV)
Although, both Ford and GM have brought out two marvelous versions of their next generation police vehicles for the United States, the last contender in this list is not one to be taken lightly. Developed and modified for active police duty, Chrysler presented its 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit in August last year. Being offered with either Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is by no stretch of one’s imagination one of the meanest and most aggressive cop cars ever to be made in the United States.
2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit
Volvo V70 Police Car
We now move on to the hot bed of the automobile industry, Europe, where some of the biggest and most influential names in the automobile industry find their homes. Considered the world’s sixth largest economy, the United Kingdom has much to serve and protect and in the course of time it has managed to hire the best in the business for doing just that.
Swedish car maker Volvo presented to the UK Police a specially tuned up version of its V70 model in 2007, which was back then one of the police force’s most popular vehicles.
2010 BMW 530d Police Saloon
It’s been a while since, and in a recent report, German carmaker BMW was approved as the key supplier for all the 52 Police forces around UK. Very soon cars such as the BMW 330d Saloon and Touring, 530d Saloon and Touring, all variants of X1, X3 xDrive20d, X5 xDrive30d and xDrive40d, and the R1200 RF-P Police bike will all take a pivotal role in the fight against crime in the United Kingdom.
Police-specification Jaguar XF
Legendary British luxury sports car marque Jaguar has also launched a high performance Police pursuit vehicle based on its award-winning XF Diesel S model. The first ever Police-spec XF is currently being evaluated by Police forces across the country. The Police specification Jaguar features the 275PS 3.0-litre Diesel S engine with its unique, parallel sequential turbocharger system.
Lamborghini Gallardo Police Interceptors
South-central Europe and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy is a country oozing history, heritage and a culture rich society, and not surprisingly its Italian carmakers, whose badges flash brightly on its country’s law enforcement vehicles. With Fiats and Alfa Romeos being the most common patrol cars, it’s the year 2004 which completely changed the aura of the Italian Police Department when Lamborghini presented the Polizei di Stato with two custom made Gallardo’s on their 152nd anniversary. In November 2009 however, one of the two Gallardo Police Interceptors was damaged beyond repair in a car accident and has been out of service ever since.
Porsche 911 Carrera Police Car
Although police outfits and the colour schemes of their vehicles are quite similar all over Germany, their police forces are structured differently for each state. Being the absolute automobile nirvana that it is, Police Forces in Germany have little to worry about with legendary car labels, the likes of Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Porsche sitting in their back yard. The Bavarian State Police uses mainly BMW and Audi vehicles, as both companies are based in Bavaria (BMW in Munich and Audi in Ingolstadt). In the eastern states of Germany, mostly Volkswagens are in use (Volkswagen is based in Wolfsburg, close to the eastern states).
Police Cars in Australia are predominantly white, with the exception to those roaming the streets of Tasmania, which are blue with a blue and white checkered strip on its side. General Patrol Cars in Australia are the immensely powerful Holden Commodores and the Ford Falcons. Prisoner transport vehicles are based on light commercial vehicles such as the Holden Rodeo, Holden Crewman or Mercedes Vito.
Northumbria Police Cars
As much as cars fascinate us, it’s their ultimate purpose that makes them an indispensable part of our lives, and a must have tool for out police forces that stand guard day and night for our security and safety. So here’s paying a tribute to them and their fantastic machines that always have and will continue to push the brink of automotive technology to fight crime and chase down the bad guys.
If you liked reading about Police Cars from around the world, keep logging onto ZigWheels for part 2 of this Cop Cars exclusive, which will be a special tribute to automobiles built and designed for our very own Indian Police Force.